According to the preliminary 2011 census results Perth, including its immediate suburbs, has a population of 50,000.
Perth has been known as The Fair City since the publication of the story Fair Maid of Perth by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott in 1828.
The presence of Scone Abbey, home of the Stone of Destiny where the King of Scots was crowned, enhanced the early importance of the city.
Perth became known as a 'capital' of Scotland, due to the frequent residence of the royal court.
If you have a couple of hours to commit, I highly suggest touring the inside of the castle. And believe it or not, the Murray family (Earl of Mansfield) still has residence here going on nine generations.
Even though the inside is full of fascinating historical factoids – such as the palace holds the longest room in Scotland- don’t miss touring the gardens, especially pine village!
The largest bell, hung on a wooden head stock, is the early 16th century Bourdon bell (alternatively called the John the Baptist bell or the Preaching bell).
This is reputed to be the best collection of ancient bells in Scotland, with 8 dating from pre-Reformation times, a greater number than in any other church in the British Isles.
Perth is a beautiful, historical city located in eastern Scotland. As we approached Perth on A9 motorway, I didn’t know what to expect in the eastern region of Scotland.
Visit Scone Place, fly fish on the River Tay or Tweed, race formula cars, and relax in the countryside! Inverness does get a majority of the attention, but there is something captivating about this city that rests along the River Tay.
The palace and gardens expand over 100 acres so bring your comfy walking shoes.
Besides royalty and history, there are a couple of activities in Perth that don’t require a sword and monarchy status to enjoy.